Mercury Insurance and Wildfire Expert Douglas Kent Tackle Common Myths in Fire Country

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The first step Californians can take to survive a devastating wildfire season is to look past the myths that spread fear amongst homeowners.

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Caring for your home throughout the year has many benefits, including improving the chance it will survive a wildfire.

When wildfire season hits, there’s no such thing as being too prepared. The first step Californians can take to survive a devastating wildfire season is to look past the myths that spread fear amongst homeowners.

One prevailing myth is that fire protection costs a lot of money – but it doesn’t have to. Resilience in fire country is dependent upon maintenance, not necessarily materials.

“Caring for your home throughout the year has many benefits, including improving the chance it will survive a wildfire,” said Kelly Glover, director of personal property underwriting at Mercury Insurance. “Develop a plan to tackle a small number of tasks each month, as this will make the list very manageable.”
Some easy-to-tackle tasks that can help reduce a property’s chance of ignition include:

  •     Making sure your address is visible from the street
  •     Cleaning your roof and gutters
  •     Not letting your plants dry out

Wildfire land management expert Douglas Kent, author of Firescaping: Protecting Your Home with a Fire-Resistant Landscape, addresses this and some of the other most common myths in fire country.

About Mercury Insurance
Mercury Insurance (MCY) is a multiple-line insurance organization predominantly offering personal automobile, homeowners and commercial insurance through a network of independent agents in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia. Since 1962, Mercury has specialized in offering quality insurance at affordable prices. For more information visit http://www.mercuryinsurance.com or Facebook and follow the company on Twitter.

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